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Code of Conduct

StemSide

StemSide is a social enterprise aiming to bridge the gap between under-represented and underprivileged students and higher education, with a particular focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees. Our values are at the core of our operations, and they drive the direction of the initiative. Explicitly, we aim to widen access by being inclusive, diverse and most importantly, collaborative. Through StemSide, the passion of science is communicated in a simple, digestible manner to ignite discussions and thoughts as well as inspire the next generation of scientists. 

1. Purpose of the Code of Conduct

This document serves to inform members and new joiners about our policies, expectations, and the structure of StemSide. By agreeing to this Code of Conduct, you declare that you have read and understood the information, and have willingly agreed to comply with the expectations encompassed in this document.

2. Becoming a Member of the StemSide Platform

By registering via email or any other available third-party option, you agree to comply with the safety and inclusivity rules as listed below, as well as the data security measures detailed in the “GDPR & Data Security” found in Section 3 of this document.

  • ZERO tolerance policy. We take all bullying, harassment, homophobia, racism, and any other hate speech or action very seriously. Any member that behaves in such a manner risks a lifetime ban from StemSide, and other plausible consequences that can occur depending on the severity of the hate crime.

 

  • Transparent. We expect our members to be transparent in their communication with StenSide and refrain from causing malicious harm towards any assets or other members. If you witness anything suspicious, please contact us via our email stemsideco@gmail.com immediately.

 

3. GDPR & Data Security

StemSide handles any data you provide with the utmost privacy. We will not ask for any data that is deemed irrelevant in our procedures, and any data that we do hold will be handled responsibly. We will never share, copy, distribute, or mistreat the data that we hold on any of our members. We pledge to inform you of any data breaches that have occurred immediately after discovering the breach and keep you informed about the damage and repair process.

3.1 Conflict of Interest

Conflict of interest is defined according to the Oxford Languages Dictionary as: 

  1. A situation in which the concerns or aims of two different parties are incompatible

  2. A situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity

StemSide aims to avoid any conflict of interest that may arise. If you have any concerns, please get in contact with us as soon as possible at stemsideco@gmail.com

3.2 Intellectual Property

StemSide holds exclusive rights to its assets. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The StemSide website (www.stemside.co.uk)

  • Designs and content* of our scientific newsletter/journal, Primer

  • Any photographic content as part of the website

  • Any merchandise displayed on the in2biochem website

  • StemSide logos

*As part of Primer, our Honorary Members contribute to the database of articles that we possess. Full credit is given to individual authors and illustrators for these articles and this will be visible on the website and blog. The individual authors hold exclusive rights to any content that they produce, and they are in dual agreement for StemSide to display their content exclusively on the website and any other marketing channels.

4.0 Plagiarism

StemSide does not tolerate any form of plagiarism with any of the resources that we publish. 

Plagiarism in this context is defined according to the Oxford Languages Dictionary as:

  • "The practise of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own"

We strongly advise against this practice as it is dishonest towards the member in question, StemSide, and the original author of the content in question. Any member found plagiarizing will be issued a temporary ban from the StemSide platform and may be susceptible to any other consequences that are deemed appropriate for the extent of plagiarism. 

5.0 Equal Opportunities

StemSide will not discriminate against any measures, including but not limited to:

  • Gender & Gender Identity

  • Race & Ethnicity

  • Social Status

  • Educational Background

 

Should you have any concerns or wish to report a breach of any clause detailed in the Code of Conduct document, please get in touch at stemsideco@gmail.com

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